Fire mum puts on a brave face
THREE days out from Christmas and with three little children expecting a visit from Santa, they’ve lost everything.
But yesterday Monday’s Koongal house-fire victim, Karla, was being brave for her family, her husband and children aged five, three and nine-months-old.
“We’ve got our lives, we’ve got our family and we’ve promised the kids a Christmas,” she said.
Karla described how she fled her home carrying her children as flames took hold, consuming the family’s life as they knew it in just a matter of minutes.
“My house was gone in half an hour, that’s all it took.
“The fire started in the end room; we were up the other end of the house.
“By the time I knew what was going on there was no time to get anything. No time to get clothes or photographs.
“I grabbed my children, my phone and the baby’s bottle.”
She said as she fled the house with her precious cargo, she was struggling to breathe through the smoke.
“We got out with just the clothing on our back.”
“There was nothing I could do.”
Karla was trying to remain positive through the loss, but said the family was all still shocked at having to start all over again with nothing.
“I couldn’t sleep last night. When I closed my eyes I saw the house as it was before the fire then all the colour would run out of it and it would turn black. I just kept thinking of all the ‘what-if’ scenarios. If I had done something differently and not got to my kids in time.”
She said the family was overwhelmed with the kindness of strangers who had offered to help.
“We just want to say we appreciate their help so much. When we are back on our feet we will do what we can to say thank-you,” Karla said.
“We are trying to think of getting through this as a test.”
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